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  On Wednesday, April 27th, we are offering a year of subscription to Sycamore Review for only $12. Keep reading for instructions!  Visit the Purdue Day of Giving website. Assign your donation to “Friends of Sycamore Review.” Give your $12 (or more if you’re feeling generous) tax deductible gift. Then send us an email ( with your name and address so we’ll know where to send your subscription. We are so grateful to have readers like you. Our new issue is coming out soon and we know you’ll want to see it so save a few bucks and subscribe during the #PurdueDayofGiving.  

Jamaal May’s The Big Book of Exit Strategies

Review By: Bess Cooley, Managing Editor Birds searching for bread. A fist fight. Fences. Lampposts. All these in the first two poems, immediately setting up Jamaal May’s second poetry collection, The Big Book of Exit Strategies. This is an urban book, a book of city landscapes—particularly Detroit, the author’s hometown. The second poem in this collection, “There Are Birds Here,” immediately subverts expectations of what Detroit will look like in this book. After May writes that bread is torn for the birds “like confetti,” he clarifies:   I don’t mean the bread is torn like cotton, I said confetti, and…

Review: Sjohnna McCray’s Rapture

The collection is a glimpse into one person’s life thus far—and it’s a stunning glimpse, like living through somebody else, sifting through family history documents and discovering what lies behind them.

Non-Fiction Contest Now Open

Submit your creative non-fiction from March 1st to April 15 for a chance to win $1000. Our judge? None other than the fabulous memoirist and novelist, Michelle Tea. It costs $20. Good luck!  

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We want to share our issues with you and man, have we got issues. For a limited time only, send us $5 and we’ll send you an old issue. Have one in particular in mind? Just leave us a note as to which you’d like. If you’re a past contributor, this is the perfect time to buy up a bunch of your issues and distribute them amongst your enemies as tactile proof of your brilliance. You can pay for your vintage issue on our regular Submittable page starting February 1st. Enjoy!

Announcing the 2015 Winners of the Wabash Prizes for Fiction and Poetry!

1st Place Poetry: “Elegy with the Wing of a Bird” by Jody Rambo Mary Szybist had this to say about the winning poem: “I’m moved by the way ‘Elegy with the Wing of a Bird’ inhabits the bewilderment of grief. We sense with the speaker all the ways her mother is and isn’t present after death, and share the speaker’s anticipation, past all reason, of her mother’s return. The poem directs its sorrow outward not toward an abstraction or a divinity, but more unexpectedly, to a community of sisters. There is urgency in this poem to maintain this intimate ‘we,’ which,…

Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry. From a list of 10 finalists, poetry judge Bob Hicok has chosen the following poems: Winner: Matt Morton, “Windfall” Runner Up: Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.: “Red Hand” Here’s what Bob Hicok has to say about Matt Morton’s winning poem, “Windfall.” I find myself wanting to live in this poem every time I read it. To be held by these places and entranced by the things that seem like a gift – a windfall – to this mind, this poet. I like the mix of missing and having, how…

Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

We are thrilled to announce that Leslie Jamison, judge of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction, has chosen “Ghost Language” by Jessica Wilbanks as the winning essay.  Here’s what Jamison has to say about Jessica Wilbanks’ essay: “Ghost Language” is a searching, visceral examination of faith and its negative margins–its nerve endings are sharply attuned to the proximate world–the song of its particulars–and the yearning for something less proximate, something divine. It’s a piercing examination of memory and longing–the vexed terms by which one can be haunted by one’s own lost faith. “Ghost Language” will be published in the spring…